1. Lange
    Lange January 23, 2018 at 3:44 am

    The snow gets you lost, the water takes your life. Sad that there are stories like this many years in the Sierra. As much as map and compass skills are touted for mountain navigation, I have to give a big shout of encouragement for smartphone apps when navigating snow covered trail. There were times last summer that I was checking the JMT Guthook app at least once per minute – and it was excellent, especially when navigating the “snow humps” in the trees, where you don’t have broad vistas to calculate your location from topography. Relying on apps for navigation seems to get a bad rap, but they can be extremely powerful navigation tools in the snowy wilderness of the JMT.

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